Dillard boasts "downstate roots" will help him become next Governor

By Anna Yee

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- One day after announcing his official bid for Illinois Governor, State Senator Kirk Dillard makes his way to central Illinois.

The Hinsdale, Illinois native stopped in Peoria Tuesday on his campaign tour.

If elected as Governor, the Republican Senator says he would force lawmakers to balance the budget each year or withhold their salaries, cease campaign fundraising for at least the first two and a half years of his term, and create an "Office of the Repealer" to cut unnecessary government positions, laws, and taxes.

Dillard backs his promises by referring to his experience as Chief of Staff to former Governor Jim Edgar.

"The bottom line is, I'm proven. I'm tested," said Dillard. "I know how to make the state live within its means. I'm the one guy that has the right vision for job creation, and I've lived and worked in all parts of Illinois, and I think we need a Governor for all of Illinois, not just Chicago."

This is Senator Kirk Dillard's second shot at running for Governor.

He lost to Bloomington State Senator Bill Brady in the 2010 Republican Primary by less than 200 votes, who then lost to Pat Quinn in the general election.

Brady is running for Governor again, along with Republicans Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner.

"As the other candidates go, I am the one with the strongest ties to the Peoria area, to western Illinois, and I know where this area is," said Dillard. "I'm a suburbanite, and my wife and I have very, very strong downstate roots, and that's the winning template for a republican candidate for governor."

Kirk Dillard is a graduate of Western Illinois University.